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CHEM1301 Chemistry: The Interdisciplinary Science

10 creditsClass Size: 250

Module manager: Dr Richard Ansell

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

A-level Chemistry or Equivalent


CHEM1101Chemistry 1: Bonding and Behaviour
CHEM1201Chemistry 2: Energy, Structure and Transformation

Module replaces

COLO1200 Introduction to Colour and Polymer Chemistry

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This module will build upon the introduction to the principles of chemistry introduced in CHEM1101 and CHEM1201 to provide students with an appreciation of a wide variety of key areas of chemistry including atmospheric chemistry, biological chemistry, materials chemistry and medicinal chemistry. The module will expose how scientific breakthroughs are reported in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.


On completion of this module, students will have an understanding of the breadth of the discipline of chemistry after a detailed introduction to a range of specialist areas of chemistry including materials chemistry, colour chemistry and biological chemistry. The module will be taught in parallel with related core material in CHEM1101 and CHEM1201.

Learning outcomes
Students will be able to explain and apply the principles of a range of chemical fields for example but not limited to:

1. Medicinal Chemistry
2. Biological Chemistry
3. Complex materials
4. States of matter beyond gas, liquid and solid.
5. The chemistry and properties of dyes
6. Atmospheric chemistry
7. Polymer chemistry
Students will be able to engage with a research paper, find relevant resources online, and demonstrate their understanding of a topic through writing.


- Medicinal Chemistry - introduction
- Biological Chemistry – introduction to biopolymers, natural products and the chemical basis of molecular biology
- Complex Materials
- Soft matter
- Colour Chemistry
- Atmospheric Chemistry
- Polymer Chemistry

Students will complete a 1500-word essay describing a research paper in the area of one of the topics.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
On-line Learning71.007.00
Example Class231.0023.00
Independent online learning hours15.00
Private study hours55.00
Total Contact hours30.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Working through online content, preparing for workshops and assessments - 65h
Preparing for exam – 13 h
Researching and writing the essay – 23 h

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

The students will submit an essay to their personal tutors in semester 1 which will be marked formatively and feedback provided. Worked examples will be provided in lectures and example questions provided for independent study. Formative online assessments will be provided for each topic.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1200 word essay50.00
Online Assessment7x MCQ's at regular intervals50.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 07/07/2022 11:10:16


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